Description and Implications of Falls in Patients Hospitalized Due to COVID-19

October 19, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

In 2020, the United States began experiencing the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Severe disease requires hospitalization, which itself poses risk to one’s health, including the risk of falling while hospitalized. Our interdisciplinary team conducted a retrospective study to describe characteristics of in-patient falls in persons hospitalized with COVID-19, those hospitalized with pending COVID-19 test results, and those with a history of COVID-19. Data used in this study included post-fall documentation from over 100 falls from 23 hospitals across six states. In this presentation, we will share our results, including a description of characteristics of patients who experienced a fall, variables that describe the fall itself, and common contributing factors.

We will also share the implications of these results, including suggestions for how to manage fall risk in patients with COVID-19 and how to maintain a focus on quality improvement initiatives.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  • Define characteristics of adult patients who experienced falls while hospitalized due to COVID-19
  • Discuss common contributing factors of falls occurring in patients with COVID 19.
  • Describe strategies for maintaining quality while responding to other priorities

Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 11 a.m.-noon (PT)

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.